US-backed Kurdish forces attempt to tighten the noose on Tuesday (January 25th) around jihadists holed up in a prison in northeastern Syria, as efforts intensify to end the clashes without bloodshed which have been going on for five days.
More than a hundred members of the Islamic State (IS) group stormed Thursday the Ghwayran prison in Hassaké (northeast), one of the largest housing jihadists in Syria, with truck bombs and heavy weapons.
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The Kurdish forces are trying to tighten the noose around the jihadist fighters who have holed up in the north side of the prison,
" the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) told AFP. Rami Abdel Rahman.
He said the Kurds were carrying out search operations and moving slowly through the prison for fear that IS fighters were hiding in the facility.
More than a hundred dead
According to a new report established Tuesday by the OSDH, 166 people were killed in five days of fighting between Kurdish and jihadist forces - 114 jihadists, 45 Kurdish fighters and seven civilians.
Some of the IS prisoners inside the facility have already been bused to other detention centers in recent hours, but it was unclear how many remained inside the prison. .
Several minors detained in the prison were transferred on Monday, according to the OSDH.
If an agreement for a possible exchange is not concluded, there will be a massacre, hundreds of people will be killed
", estimated Rami Abdel Rahmane.
The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) did not confirm reports that several guards were being held by IS fighters.
The SDF operating under cover of the air force of the international coalition led by Washington deployed elite units and armored vehicles in and around Ghwayran, a former school converted into a very overcrowded detention center.